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Pidimatou gorge
Category: Gorge
Prefecture: Heraclion
Address: Trafoulas beach
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Tripiti Minoan Settlement 2722 hits
Trypiti or Tripiti settlement is a Early Minoan settlement in southern Crete. It is located on a hill above the bay or beach of Trypiti east of the coastal village of Lendas and southeast from the small village of Krotos. The Minoan settlement was built on a hill, 135 meters above sea level. It is 800 meters from the sea. There are three permanent fresh water springs in the area, one only 150 meters east of the site and also at 135 meters above sea level. The site is reached via a 40 minute climb over loose stones. Tripiti is 200 meters north of Kalokambos, where an Early Minoan tholos tomb has been excavated.Tripiti was first excavated 1986-1988 by Antonis Vasilakis. Minoa has long been famous for its settlements not having walls, inspiring theories of a long-standing peace, but walls are found at Tripiti. Two openings give access to the settlement at the northwest and southeast corners. Thirty-six Early Minoan II to Middle Minoan IA rooms have been uncovered at the site. Stone benches were built against the walls in some rooms.

Artifacts discovered include a bronze chisel, axes, weights, mallets, hammers, milling stones and stone blades. Produce found in significant quantities included wheat, barley, vetch and peas. Bones found in the houses of the settlement indicate the presence of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, hares and poultry.

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Tripiti 2665 hits
Tripiti is a small but impressive gorge 10 km eastern from Lentas Village and 3 km east from the unknown Trafoulas Beach, a well known coastal holiday place with nice braches arround.

The gorge ends by the beautiful and quiet Tripiti Beach. You can reach the gorge through Vassiliki village or Lentas. 

If you come from Vassiliki, that is recommended, you have to turn left 2km after the village. Then you have to drive 6km of dirt track and cross the narrow Tripiti gorge ending near the beach. If you drive from Lentas, you have to get the dirt road to Krotos. Drive for around 2km, till you reach a crossroad and turn right to Tripiti Beach - Gorge. The dirt road is 10km, as we have alredy said before, in very poor condition (2010), so if you love your car, avoid it.

Whichever way you choose, it is sure that the landscape will amaze you. Moreover, the contradiction between the peaceful scenery on the beach of Tripiti and the the wild mountainous landscape around is breathtaking. When you reach the beach you will see a quiet place with fine pebbles and clean dark green waters. Near the beach there are a few tamarisk trees, several meters away from the shore, under which you can camp. Moreover, the beach is protected on the west by the Cape Fylakas (i.e. Guardian), on which there are several cavities.

Tripiti, as expected, is not organized, but there is a small tavern. Furthermore, especially in August, it gathers quite a lot people for such a secluded beach. The only incongruity in the landscape is the illegally-built rooms for renting and the numerous caravans, which have been permanently installed here by locals.

On a hill northeast of the beach, close to the tavern, you can visit the ruins of a Minoan settlement. The view to the Libyan Sea is stunning.
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Tripiti beach (and gorge) is located at an isolated area, 8km east from Lentas and 3km east of Trafoulas beach. To go to Tripiti beach, you can take the dirtroad that starts near Lendas harbor, heads toward Krotos village in the north and then turn right at the intersection that you’ll see about two kilometres later. (Marks: a stone hut and a sign that says “Tripiti, 3 km”). 

However, these 2 kilometres until the intersection are very rough as the road has a steep inclination and some very difficult parts the earth has been washed away by the water, leaving some deep ditches, and as the road winds uphill there are several hairpins with gravel!

The road to the beach of Tripiti is carved on the west side of a ravine. The road crosses the Cape Trafoulas and reaches Tripiti after much dust and car-trembling, but also views of the genuine wild Cretan countryside. The ravine gets narrower toward its end and turns into a beautiful small gorge. The road turns before the gorge - though you can always leave your bike somewhere and visit the gorge on foot and then it follows the rocky shore and takes you to the wonderful beach of Tripiti (3 km after the intersection). The beach is not empty (in fact, there are four or five huts there), but you can still camp without any problem.

Behind the beach you will see a huge rocky wall that seems impenetrable. And yet this rock seems to have been cut in the middle with a knife to allow the road to pass, (attention: the road follows the river bed, large stones).
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East Tsigounas (Petrakis) 2636 hits
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